Early Program Announcements of the 13th Rome Film Festival


Straight from the office of the 13th Festa del Cinema di Roma, here are the first announcements in what will be another epic year.

The Artistic Director Antonio Monda along with Laura Delli Colli, head of the Fondazione Cinema per Roma, announced several sneak previews of the thirteenth Rome Film Fest, which will take place from October 18  - 28, 2018 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, and extend, like every year, to several other locations and cultural sites throughout the Eternal City. The complete lineup will be announced at a press conference to be held on Friday October 5th. 

Martin Scorsese | Lifetime Achievement Award

The thirteenth Rome Film Fest will celebrate Martin Scorsese with a Lifetime Achievement Award that will be presented by Paolo Taviani. Creator of masterpieces such as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas to Casino, from and Gangs of New York, the American master will take part in a Close Encounter with the public. In conversation with festival director Antonio Monda, Scorsese will review his fifty-year career and discuss a selection of clips from Italian films that have had a long-lasting effect on his life and his work. Scorsese will also present a newly restored version of a classic of Italian cinema, and have a public conversation with students from the Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza".

Giuseppe Tornatore

The Sicilian director is one of the most beloved and award-winning auteurs in Italian cinema. His stories have reached beyond the borders of Italy: from the Oscar® with Cinema Paradiso to his nominations for The Star Maker, from Malèna to Baarìa, from The Legend of 1900 to The Unknown Woman, from The Best Offer to Correspondence, Tornatore has produced a universal language based on an personal style, suspended between nostalgia and illusion, intimacy and sensation. At the next Rome Film Fest, the filmmaker will take part in an encounter in which he will discuss with the audience his passion for the noir genre, between literature and cinema.

Luca Bigazzi and Arnaldo Catinari

The cinematographer is one of the most important figures in the production of a film and over the course of the decades, has produced extraordinary "light wizards", who have won great international acclaim. Two of them will meet for a conversation at the Rome Film Fest: Luca Bigazzi, who earned his place in the history of Italian cinema by winning seven David di Donatello and seven Nastro d'Argento awards, and Arnaldo Catinari, the cinematographer of films such asLight of My EyesLa vita che vorreiThe CaimanTell Me About LoveThe Demons of St. PetersburgAngel of Evil

Giogiò Franchini and Esmeralda Calabria

Because of its critical role, the theme of film editing has been one of the most highly debated in the field of film theory. The Rome Film Fest will bring two famous Italian film editors face to face: on one side, Giogiò Franchini, who has worked with directors such as Paolo Sorrentino, Jonathan Demme and Giovanni Veronesi and won the David di Donatello Award for The Girl By The Lake by Andrea Molajoli; on the other, Esmeralda Calabria, film editor for auteurs such as Nanni Moretti, Francesca Archibugi and Giuseppe Piccioni, winner of both the David di Donatello and the Nastro d’Argento awards for Romanzo criminale by Michele Placido.


Notti Magiche by Paolo Virzì

The acclaimed Tuscan filmmaker – considered one of the greatest heirs of the commedia all'italiana tradition, who directed a series of box-office hits including Hardboiled Egg, Human Capital, The First Beautiful Thing, Tutta la vita davanti, Like Crazy and The Leisure Seeker sets his latest film in Rome in 1990 during the summer of the football world cup. The film is produced by Marco Belardi for Lotus Production, a division of the Leone Film Group, with Rai Cinema, and will be distributed in Italy by 01 Distribution.


Between October and January, the Museum of the Ara Pacis will host an important exhibition dedicated to one of the symbols of Italian cinema in the world: Marcello Mastroianni. The exhibition, curated by Gian Luca Farinelli, is promoted by Musei di Roma, Cineteca di Bologna, Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Equa di Camilla Morabito.


Several important Italian films will screen at the next Rome Film Fest in a newly-restored version: among them, Italiani brava gente by Giuseppe De Santis. The filmmaker, one of the founding masters of Neo-Realism, winner of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 1995, evokes the tragedy of Italian soldiers during the Russia campaign in World War II. The restoration was completed by the Cineteca Nazionale.


The Auditorium Parco della Musica has been the heart of the Rome Film Fest since 2006 with the red carpet and the screening venues. Like every year, the Rome Film Fest will extend to several other locations in the city, including theAuditorium of the Rebibbia Prison (Nuovo Complesso) and the Women's Ward in Rome.

Following the success of the pilot-project that took place last year in Via della Frezza, the Rome Film Fest has decided to continue bringing its initiatives into the heart of the city, extending its iconic Red Carpet to a multiplicity of meeting points in the historic city centre of Rome. The project will be called IT WILL HAPPEN ON THE RED CARPET and its goal will be to promote quality cinema and the city of Rome, bringing together citizens, tourists and international celebrities. The activities, which will focus on cinema, culture, new trends, fashion, design and fine music, will take place along a fascinating itinerary that will wind through the streets of the Capital.

Stay tuned for all the latest updates that will be posted here as they are announced.

By- Jeannine Guilyard